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Google lets sports teams and artists post on its search pages

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:41:00 -0400

(image) Remember how Google let American political candidates post content directly to search results last year? You're about to see a lot more of that. As of now, web searchers in the US and Brazil will see content directly posted by people and organization...

Three years later, 'Diablo III' Seasons mode heads to consoles

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:39:00 -0400

(image) It might be time to rekindle your love for the loot-fest of Diablo III. A big new patch with a ton of tweaks for the hack and slash dungeon crawler will land on March 31st. The update finally brings the popular Seasons mode to Xbox One and PlayStatio...

'Super Mario Run' lands on Android a day early

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:41:00 -0400

(image) Nintendo notoriously resisted making any of its games available on mobile platforms, a significant move for a company that's been making handheld titles for almost three decades. Then, with almost no notice, it released Super Mario Run for iOS back i...

Browse Airbnb's vacation add-ons from your desktop

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:55:00 -0400

(image) When Airbnb launched "Experiences" and "Immersions" last year, the company made it clear it was expanding beyond spare room rentals and into more general travel planning. Until now, however, users could only browse and search for those side trips thr...

Discogs expands its marketplace to help you sell used audio gear

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:28:00 -0400

(image) Discogs' vinyl-tracking app and database are handy for vinyl collectors on the hunt for some new goods. However, the company is moving beyond records and into audio gear as a whole with its next big project. In an interview with Thump, Discogs founde...

Researchers break efficiency record for consumer-friendly solar panels

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:01:00 -0400

(image) Turning sunlight into power is a surprisingly tricky thing. Experiments in academia have created solar arrays that can capture up to 40-percent of the sun's energy and convert it to electricity, but consumer cells are notably less efficient. At best,...

NYPD filmed hundreds of BLM and Occupy protests without approval

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:37:00 -0400

(image) Police are frequently fond of monitoring protesters, and that includes cops in New York -- NYPD cameras have been a mainstay at large protests over the past several years. However, it's now clear that the NYPD has been skirting internal rules in the...

Facebook Live makes the overdue jump to desktop

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:13:00 -0400

(image) Facebook users have been able to broadcast live videos for over a year now. It's been mobile-exclusive since it was introduced, but Facebook has been working on bringing the feature to other platforms. Last year, the company revealed that it was roll...

Apple hopes cheap, not powerful, will turn around iPad sales

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:50:00 -0400

(image) Apple has been trying to reverse declining iPad sales for several years now, without much success. For the past year and a half, that strategy could be summed up in one word: more. More power, more screen real estate, more accessories. Of course, the...

PS4 update is causing WiFi problems for some players

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:25:00 -0400

(image) Sony's big PS4 version 4.50 update landed two weeks ago and despite the boost in framerates, some owners are not happy their consoles have been effectively cut off from the internet. According to a thread started on the PlayStation Forums on the same...

Watch the 'MST3K' reboot's gloriously campy first trailer

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:03:00 -0400

(image) The first trailer for the new Mystery Science Theater 3000 is here, and it's full of camp, cheesy special effects and sassy robots. Felicia Day and Patton Oswalt are restarting the MST3K experiment, and they're subjecting captured comedian Jonah Ray...

Destroy your opponents in 'Rocket League' Dropshot mode

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:41:00 -0400

(image) Chaotic jet-car soccer game Rocket League just got a little crazier with its new Dropshot mode, which changes how you play the game. This free update rolls out to Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC today, bringing a new competitive tournament as well as...

Email scheme stole $100 million from two US tech companies

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:20:00 -0400

(image) It's tempting to assume that technology workers are intelligent enough to avoid email fraud, but that's not always the case. Both the FBI and the state of New York have charged a Lithuanian man, Evaldas Rimasauskas, with perpetrating a phishing camp...

Dozens watched a Facebook Live stream of sexual assault (updated)

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:21:00 -0400

(image) It's no secret that Facebook has its hands full dealing with graphic and violent content being streamed live on the site. Last summer, Antonio Perkins was streaming an otherwise normal evening when he was shot. There have been other cases of graphic...

Finding inner peace (with help from your smartphone)

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:00:00 -0400

(image) Technology is draining. Social media networks are programmed to make you come back for more, constantly swiping to refresh, like and post. You are constantly at your PC, your smartphone, your TV. You fall asleep to Netflix or reading Twitter as it sp...

Netflix's big budget 'Death Note' remake lands on August 25th

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:51:00 -0400

(image) We'll soon learn why Netflix spent $40-$50 million on a live-action adaptation of the anime series Death Note. The streaming service revealed the first teaser for the film this morning and announced that it'll be premiering on August 25th. It's a par...

Nest security cameras can be knocked out via Bluetooth

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:33:00 -0400

(image) Your connected security camera might not be as trustworthy a defense as you think. Security researcher Jason Doyle has published details of three vulnerabilities in the Nest Cam, Dropcam and Dropcam Pro that lets an attacker disable their recording...

Limited edition black OnePlus phone? Not so limited anymore.

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:00:00 -0400

(image) So much for that black OnePlus 3T being an ultra-rare beast. OnePlus has revealed that it will launch a limited Midnight Black edition of the 3T at a "later date," making that once-special color available to everyone "while supplies last." And the pr...

Google plans faster updates for all Android phones in 2017

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 11:42:00 -0400

(image) If you didn't get a timely update on your Moto, Samsung or HTC device, but your friend over there with the Google Pixel did, it's not necessarily the manufacturer's fault. The complexity of Android, especially when it comes to security, is also a big...

Instagram will help you book a haircut

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 11:18:00 -0400

(image) Instagram will soon be about more than browsing your friends' photographic adventures. The social service tells Bloomberg that it will soon add an option to book appointments by visiting a company's profile. Yes, you could schedule that overdue hai...

Lights out on a ghostly James Webb Space Telescope inspection

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 11:00:00 -0400

(image) The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) might be the most important scientific instrument ever developed. It'll peer back in time over 13 billion years to the early universe and look for signs of life around the recently discovered TRAPPIST-1 planetary...

London police allegedly used hackers to target activists

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:39:00 -0400

(image) If it wasn't already clear why it's a problem when police surveillance goes wrong, it is now. An independent investigator is looking into claims that London's Metropolitan Police used an illegal, roundabout way to access the emails of activists and j...

I love my child too much to put her on the internet

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:21:00 -0400

(image) If I've done my job right, by the time my daughter leaves for college she'll have a digital footprint measured in millimeters. That's not because I want to erase her from public life, but because nothing good comes from being online. Having lived the...

Google Maps' location-sharing feature is one you might actually use

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:00:00 -0400

(image) Google has been busy beefing up Maps recently. Beyond just using it for turn-by-turn directions, you can now use Maps to remember where you parked, find reviews for nearby restaurants and avoid heavily congested areas. Today, the search giant has rev...

VAIO's slick metal Windows Phone is resurrected for Android

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:29:00 -0400

(image) VAIO, freed from the Sony yoke, made one ropey-looking Android phone all on its own. Then, learning several lessons, it made a gorgeous, machined slab of aluminum that, unfortunately, ran Windows Phone 10. Now, like practically all other phone makers...